Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to talk to FA chiefs about taking the England job, despite having a contract offer from the Gunners on the table.
Wenger’s current deal runs out at the end of the upcoming season, but the hierarchy at the Emirates are keen to keep the long-serving Frenchman, and have put a two-year extension on the table.
However, Wenger is thought to be contemplating calling it a day at Arsenal, and the England job could be the perfect project to tempt him away from London.
There is a condition regarding Wenger’s availability though – the Three Lions would have to wait until his current deal expires before appointing him.
That would mean hiring an interim manager for a year, and after Gareth Southgate turned down the FA, they would be forced to look elsewhere.
Wenger would then turn down an extension at Arsenal, before leading England at the World Cup in two years’ time – providing they qualify, of course.
Whether or not the Frenchman would be the man to lead England to international success or not remains to be seen, but the lure of the national job obviously still remains huge.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has also confirmed his interest in the job, while Sam Allardyce and even Alan Shearer have also been linked to the post.
Whoever takes the poisoned chalice, it’ll probably still end in a first knockout round defeat and we’ll be back to square one.